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Arsenal 0 Sunderland 0
SUNDERLAND spent the second half camped in their own half but successfully avoided defeat on the opening day of the Premier League season at Arsenal.
After a first half in which the Black Cats went close with a couple of decent efforts themselves, the Gunners took command of the ball after the restart.
But in the absence of Robin van Persie, who completed his multi-million pound move to Manchester United on Friday, they failed to find the vital breakthrough.
Not even Olivier Giroud, a second half debutant after his switch from Montpellier, could convert a glorious chance when fellow new-boy Santi Cazorla played him in.
While Sunderland, who started with Stephane Sessegnon as a lone striker before he was replaced by Louis Saha, failed to create much themselves they did turn in a strong defensive display.
Carlos Cuellar, making his first competitive start since his switch from Aston Villa, was at his best to thwart a number of Arsenal attacks.
That helped to ensure Sunderland, who are still hoping to secure the likes of Steven Fletcher and Adam Johnson among others, started the new campaign with a point.
ARSENAL (4-3-3): Szczesny; Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs; Arteta, Diaby (Ramsey 69), Cazorla; Walcott (Arshavin 76), Podolski (Giroud 64), Gervinho. Subs: Santos, Djourou, Coquelin, Mannon (gk).
SUNDERLAND (4-1-4-1): Mignolet; Gardner, O'Shea, Cuellar, Richardson; Cattermole; Campbell (Elmohamady 69), Larsson (Meyler 78), Colback, McClean; Sessegnon (Saha 63). Subs: Wickham, Kilgallon, Bramble, Westwood (gk).